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by Michael Sandler
2:30pm
Tue Sep 3, 2013

Second Chance Summit Offers Hope to Ex-Offenders

Rita Allison felt hopeless.

Allison admits that she made some bad choices in her early 20’s, including committing felony retail theft. The offense ultimately led to a conviction, and Allison, now 55, says she has been unable to find steady employment since then due to her criminal record. 

The Bronzeville resident had been employed in the medical records field for years. But Allison said she got that job based on her resume, and didn’t have to provide a criminal history. However, things began to change for her in 2009, when she began looking for new work. Allison told Progress Illinois she was continually passed over for a number of jobs due to her felony record. Her husband, a veteran, receives a pension, but Allison says it isn’t enough to survive. As a result, she has gone without additional income for a period of time, causing her, Allison says, to lose her apartment.

But an upcoming event in Chicago might help Allison and others in her position. The Second Chance Summit, being held September 7 at the University of Illinois-Chicago Forum, will educate those with non-violent class three or four felony convictions on how to get the crimes expunged from their records. Legal volunteers from organizations including the Wiley Resource Center and Cabrini Green Legal Aid will provide free guidance, and members from the Urban Weatherization Initiative, an organization that trains Illinois residents to work in the green industry, will also be on hand to sign up participants for paid trainings.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
7:28pm
Thu Aug 29, 2013

Chicago Fast Food, Retail Workers Join National Strike For Higher Wages (VIDEO)

Hundreds of Chicago fast food and retail workers walked off the job Thursday to take part in a national, one-day strike for higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation. Progress Illinois was there for the morning and afternoon actions.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:54pm
Tue Aug 20, 2013

Bakery Workers Blast Clyde’s Delicious Donuts Over Plan To Pull Pension Fund (VIDEO)

Workers at Clyde’s Delicious Donuts say they are outraged that the company plans to withdraw from its employees’ pension fund and move workers into a 401K-style plan starting this September.

About 20 workers and their allies protested outside the bakery’s Addison facility demanding that the company continue its pension contribution so workers do not lose their benefits. They also called on Clyde’s to offer better wages for its temporary workers and allow them to be part of the collective bargaining agreement.

Donald Woods, president of the Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Workers And Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 1, which represents many of the Clyde’s workers, said the bakery employees have been in contract negotiations with the company for the past eight months. Although there has been some progress made at the negotiating table, the workers are not happy about the company’s plan to withdraw from the pension fund, which would mean at least a $300 per-month reduction in pension benefits for each of the workers.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
1:03pm
Fri Aug 2, 2013

Bakery Workers Protest Company’s Alleged Union Busting, Prepare For Strike (VIDEO)

Bakery workers and their supporters protested outside of Elk Grove Village’s Grecian Delight Thursday to criticize the company’s alleged attempts to dismantle the union during contract negotiations.

“They want to exploit cheap labor, they want to get rid of union security,” said Margarito Diaz, a union representative for Workers United. “Workers are ready to do whatever needs to be done to protect the issue of seniority, the issue of temporary employees and access, and union security.”

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
11:22am
Fri Aug 2, 2013

Fast Food And Retail Workers Continue Push For Higher Wages, Hundreds Walk Off The Job (VIDEO)

“If I get paid on Friday, by Monday I’m broke,” said Mary Harris, 64, who has worked at Wendy’s for 11 years. Harris makes $9.23 per hour, and on Thursday she went on strike with approximately 400 other fast food and retail workers in Chicago to demand higher wages and better working conditions. Progress Illinois was there for the action.

Quick Hit
by Michael Sandler
3:46pm
Mon Jul 15, 2013

Sears Workers Demand Pay Raises, Predictable Hours

Judith Luna didn’t mince words when describing her family’s financial situation.

“Right now, we’re on survival mode. It’s not enough for basic necessities,” the 33-year-old mother of three told Progress Illinois.

Luna joined about 20 of her Sears co-workers in a protest outside the downtown State Street location Monday morning, demanding pay raises and a set, predictable schedule. According to Luna, who’s a cashier in the hardware department, half of the approximately 80 employees at the State Street Sears signed a petition a month ago making their requests clear. Store management ignored the petition and told workers they would only be dealt with individually, but those meeting requests have yet to be addressed.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
7:56pm
Tue Jun 25, 2013

SCOTUS Workplace Harassment Decision Likely To Hurt Workers Facing Discrimination

Victims of workplace harassment and discrimination suffered a major setback Monday, according to critics of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to not hold Ball State University (BSU) responsible for racial discrimination and harassment of an African American kitchen worker in 2005.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
1:58pm
Mon Jun 24, 2013

Report: $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Bring 6 Million Workers Out Of Poverty

Bumping the minimum wage up to $10.10 an hour would lift nearly six million workers out of poverty, according to a new report by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a national organization dedicated to bettering the wages and working conditions for restaurant workers.

That’s more than half of the 10.4 million individuals classified as the “working poor” in 2011. People who fall in the working poor category have been part of the labor force for at least 27 weeks, but their incomes are below the poverty level, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

About 60 percent of the workers who would emerge from poverty via a minimum wage hike proposed in Congress would be people of color, the report found.

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